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View Poll Results: Best 1980's Movie Anthem
Call Me
3
6.67%
9 to 5
0
0%
Endless Love
0
0%
Arthur's Theme
1
2.22%
Chariots of Fire
1
2.22%
Eye of the Tiger
10
22.22%
Up Where We Belong
0
0%
Flashdance
1
2.22%
Maniac
0
0%
Footloose
1
2.22%
Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)
2
4.44%
Let's Hear It For The Boy
0
0%
Ghostbusters
4
8.89%
Caribbean Queen
0
0%
A View to A Kill
0
0%
The Power of Love
3
6.67%
St. Elmo's Fire
5
11.11%
Glory of Love
0
0%
Take My Breath Away
4
8.89%
Danger Zone
3
6.67%
Shakedown
0
0%
La Bamba
0
0%
"Other"
7
15.56%
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the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

Old 02-15-10, 09:18 AM
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the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

Starting with Call Me by Blondie in 1980, there have been a lot of Number One hits cueled from movie soundtracks (I did not list non-Number One's, as I don't recall them at the moment)...

Call me (American Giglio) - Blondie
9 to 5 (from the film of the same name) - Dolly Parton
Endless Love - Diana Ross
Arthurís Theme - Christopher Cross
Chariots of Fire
Eye of the Tiger (Rocky III) - Survivor
Up Where We Belong (An Officer & A Gentlemen) - Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Flashdance - Irene Cara
Maniac (Flashdance) - Michael Sambello
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) - Phil Collins
Letís Hear It For The Boy (Footloose) - Denise Williams
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr
Caribbean Queen (from the Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner movie) - Jamaican dude
A View to a Kill (James Bond film) - Duran Duran
The Power of Love (Back to the Future) - Huey Lewis
St. Elmoís Fire (Man in Motion) - Michael Mann?
Glory of Love (Karate Kid II) - Peter Centera
Take My Breath Away (Top Gun) - Berlin
Shakedown (Beverly Hills Cop II) - Bob Seger
La Bamba - Los Lobos
(Iíve Had) The Time of My Life (Dirty Dancing) - Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
Kokomo (Cocktail) - Beach Boys
Wind Beneath My Wings (Beaches) - Bette Midler
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

Which is the most enduring, and which ones sail above others?
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

When I first saw the thread title, I thought of "I'm Alright" by Kenny Loggins from Caddyshack.

From the #1s list, "The Power of Love" from Back to the Future is one of my favs.

Some other non #1s or songs not on the list:

Pretty in Pink -Psychedelic Furs
Don't You (Forget About Me) (Breakfast Club) - Simple Minds (This was a #1 hit)
Romancing the Stone - Eddy Grant
Axl F (Beverly Hills Cop) - Harold Faltermeyer
Oh Yeah (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) - Yello
If You Leave (Pretty in Pink) - OMD
Danger Zone (Top Gun) - Kenny Loggins
Cruel Summer (Karate Kid) - Bananarama

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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

Originally Posted by Texan26 View Post
Cruel Summer (Karate Kid) - Bananarama
That and You're the Best, but that one has really become more memorable for other, comedic, reasons.
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

Originally Posted by Texan26 View Post
Don't You (Forget About Me) (Breakfast Club) - Simple Minds (This was a #1 hit)
I had to vote "Other" since this one was not in the poll proper.....for me, it is the first song that comes to mind whenever "80's", "movies", and "music" are used in a sentence together!
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

would vote for the simple minds track
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

The "Jamaican Dude" is Billy Ocean, who was born in Trinidad. And, the song you're thinking of is "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" from The Jewel of the Nile.

From the list, the ones that stick out to me most are "Ghostbusters," "Eye of the Tiger," and "Footloose."
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

"Johnny, Are You Queer?"
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god, I miss real music...
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For your eyes only
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

Originally Posted by Texan26 View Post
Pretty in Pink -Psychedelic Furs
Don't You (Forget About Me) (Breakfast Club) - Simple Minds (This was a #1 hit)
These two, because they are actually good songs.
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Take My Breath Away, for so many reasons!
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

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For your eyes only
Ah, yes. Sheena Easton! A doll. A real doll.

Bryan Adams had some success early with movie soundtracks - 1985's Heaven was from some movie that went nowhere (some deserted island movie).

And I just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder was from Woman in Red (I think).

Then there was Lady In Red (is dancing with me-ee)
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

And former Eagle Glenn Frey had a nice success with movie anthems himself...The Heat Is On from Beverly Hills Cop (went to #2)

You Belong To The City by Glenn Frey was cool, too, but that was from a TV show. I shouldn't have submitted it. Sorry.
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

All the John Hughes 80s teen movies had great music. Most of them were not written for the movie they appeared in. They were some great choices to include them in his movies.

Some others not mentioned:

From Weird Science:
Weird Science - Oingo Boingo
Tenderness - General Public

From Sixteen Candles
Happy Birthday - Altered Images
True - Spandau Ballet
If You Were Here - Thompson Twins
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

Originally Posted by Texan26 View Post
Pretty in Pink -Psychedelic Furs
Don't You (Forget About Me) (Breakfast Club) - Simple Minds (This was a #1 hit)
I'd choose these two. I'd also add:

Holiday Road (Vacation) - Lindsey Buckingham
Repo Man (Repo Man) - Iggy Pop
Fight the Power (Do The Right Thing) - Public Enemy
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"Man in Motion" by John Parr is high-powered. So is the instrumental for the movie.
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

Originally Posted by Texan26 View Post
Don't You (Forget About Me) (Breakfast Club) - Simple Minds (This was a #1 hit)
My first thought when I saw the thread title
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There's an 80's action flick with Sam Elliot and Peter Weller called Skakedown. Has the Seger song of same name. Always thought it was from that.
Shooting Star had a song in some comedy about camping or river rafting or something. "Summer Sun"? Early 90s, but has 80s written all over it, "Touch Me Tonight" by Shooting Star in I Come In Peace with Dolph Lundgren.
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

WHAT!?!?! No Beverly Hills Cop.............The Heat Is On. It's on the street...
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Originally Posted by C_Fletch View Post
WHAT!?!?! No Beverly Hills Cop.............The Heat Is On. It's on the street...
See post #14.
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

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Caribbean Queen (from the Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner movie) - Jamaican dude


For the record, "Jamaican Dude" was Billy Ocean, and while he did "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" for Jewel of the Nile (aka "the Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner movie") and "Get Out of My Dreams" for License to Drive (aka "the Corey Haim/Corey Feldman movie"), I don't think Carribean Queen had anything to do with any movie.

Man, I know way more about Billy Ocean than I thought I did.

Edit: I see Drexl beat me to it.

As for the thread title, I'm partial to Pretty in Pink and If You Leave, both from the movie Pretty in Pink. Plus the entire soundtrack to Repo Man.
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Holiday Road (Vacation) - Lindsey Buckingham
I like this song, but I can't seem to get a good copy of this song. A remastered version would sound awful good.
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

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Fight the Power (Do The Right Thing) - Public Enemy
I would pick this -- and considering I hate rap, that should tell you how bad the other choices are.

Also, "You got the touch. You got the power."
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Re: the Best 1980's Movie Anthems?

I didn't read closely enough and voted for Ghostbusters. But I prob would have picked Eye of the Tiger had I done a better job of reading.

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